Scott Hanselman

Google Toolbar Beta, the Toolbar API and a ComputerZen Google Toolbar Button

February 17, '06 Comments [5] Posted in XML | Tools
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ComputerZenToolbarButtonDare isn't feeling the new Google Toolbar "T4" Beta. I'm loving it. It's brilliant that they're actually building community around a toolbar. Very cool. Their API, while Google-like in its obscurity (it's functional, and pragmatic, but pedantic) isn't hard to write to. It's all XML and URLs. 

However, on the whole, the new Toolbar is a winner, and it's even more useful than before. I can't wait for a FireFox version.

Google Toolbar Custom Button InstallerTheir Button API, called the Simple API, is basically a button manifest. So, since I started blogging really so I could Google my historical-self, I made a ComputerZen button for the Google Toolbar. It took about 10 minutes.

If you've got the new Google Toolbar, you can now:

Add the ComputerZen Button with one click! 

You'll not only get to my site in a single slick, you also get a specific search for my site, and a populated dropdown of ComputerZen's Feed. Shiny.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, February 17, 2006 2:35:50 PM UTC
Just like Firefox Live bookmarks.
Friday, February 17, 2006 2:49:43 PM UTC
"Their API, while Google-like in its obscurity (it's functional, and pragmatic, but pedantic."

Did you doze off in that paragraph and pick up later? :)
Friday, February 17, 2006 3:17:07 PM UTC
Well, not "just like", but similar.
Friday, February 17, 2006 5:06:33 PM UTC
Gulli - I totally did. Fixed. :)
Scott Hanselman
Friday, February 17, 2006 8:10:44 PM UTC
Interesting as I have the Google pack installed and it never told me about the update. I had to manually update to get the the button add-on. Seems kind of silly that a Google updater wouldn't know about it's own products.
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